Taiwan ‘prepares for war’ with China who warns 'military action' over Pelosi visit

by 24britishtvAug. 2, 2022, 11 a.m. 21
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TAIWAN is reportedly "preparing for war" with China after Beijing vowed to impose a no fly zone in a bid to scupper Nancy Pelosi's visit. The US Speaker of the House's proposed trip has exacerbated the already fragile relationship between Washington and Beijing. Despite Pelosi refusing to confirm whether she will stop by Taiwan on her tour of Asia, China is preparing to disrupt her route at all costs. The nation has already warned they will not "sit idly by" while the US interferes in their pursuit of regaining control of the disputed territory. The Chinese government and military strongly object all foreign visits and shows of support for Taiwan - but the House Speaker's trip has struck an explosive chord due to her vocal criticism of the nation. As officials fear the tensions could escalate into an international crisis, Taiwanese soldiers are reportedly being called back from leave. According to local media, troops have been told to "immediately prepare for war" while air defence forces are said to have been mobilised in anticipation. In response to Pelosi's proposed visit, China have amped up military drills close to the self-governing island to make their stance known. Chinese military exercises will continue in the South China Sea throughout this week, after US warships scrambled to the ocean. Four J-16 Chinese fighter jets entered Taiwan's air defence identification zone on Monday. It comes amid rumours Pelosi will arrive in Taiwan's capital, Taipei, Tuesday evening, where she is expected to stay overnight. She will likely have to make a clandestine arrival on the island if the trip goes ahead. China is now considering establishing a no fly zone in the Taiwan Straits to stop Pelosi's plane from landing on the island, according to the Global Times. Beijing-based naval expert Wang Yunfei said: "Such a measure is pretty severe - it warns of the worst situation first. "Otherwise the consequences will be at the US' own risk." The retired PLA Navy officer said the aircraft Pelosi may travel in could even be surrounded by Chinese military planes tracking and monitoring her movements. Continue reading Taiwan ‘prepares for war’ with China after Beijing vows to impose ‘no-fly zone’ stoking WW3 fears over Pelosi visit https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/19387927/taiwan-prepares-war-china-no-fly-zone-pelosi-visit/ The Sun newspaper brings you the latest breaking news videos and explainers from the UK and around the world Become a Sun Subscriber and hit the bell to be the first to know Read The Sun: http://www.thesun.co.uk Like The Sun on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesun/ Follow The Sun on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheSun Subscribe to The Sun on Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/discover/The_Sun/1633225139 #Taiwan #China #US

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